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The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy
[NSFW] Analysis and visualization of the structure of Ali Wong's comedy by @puddingviz
narrative  comedy  design  humor  joke 
10 days ago by yig
Shifting Roles of Science Journalists Covering Climate Change - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science
Climate journalism is a moving target. Driven by its changing technological and economic contexts, challenged by the complex subject matter of climate change, and immersed in a polarized and politicized debate, climate journalism has shifted and diversified in recent decades. These transformations hint at the emergence of a more interpretive, sometimes advocacy-oriented journalism that explores new roles beyond that of the detached conduit of elite voices. At the same time, different patterns of doing climate journalism have evolved, because climate journalists are not a homogeneous group. Among the diversity of journalists covering the issue, a small group of expert science and environmental reporters stand out as opinion leaders and sources for other journalists covering climate change only occasionally. The former group’s expertise and specialization allow them to develop a more investigative and critical attitude toward both the deniers of anthropogenic climate change and toward
sci_article  narrative  ilmastojournalismi  climate_change  ilmastonmuutos  ilmasto_muuttaa_kaiken  journalismi 
10 days ago by pelttari
The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy
Amazing breakdown of Ali Wong joke

Shows how comedy is a truly magnificent form of intricate storytelling
comedy  narrative  interesting  via:ramitsethi 
10 days ago by eaconley
The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy
Amazing breakdown of Ali Wong joke

Shows how comedy is a truly magnificent form of intricate storytelling
comedy  narrative  interesting 
10 days ago by ramitsethi
Comment - James K. A. Smith and Tim Keller talk catechesis
You might want to start with the narratives: make a list of the postmodern, late modern narratives and then contrast them with the biblical narrative. For example, the other day, I made a list on the buffered self narrative, and I realized that the whole idea of adoption in the New Testament probably counters the identity narrative better than justification.

God doesn’t send his fire down into the mud puddle. You can build the altar or not. So we did know enough to sort of build the altar.

Another one, I came to realize, is boasting, which shows up all the time. Boasting clearly is a way of asserting confidence in something and therefore getting an identity out of something. So "let not the wise man glory in his wisdom"—which is to boast in his wisdom—"let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches." Those are alternative identities. I'm just saying there probably are five or six ways to counter the identity narrative with biblical truth. Then you can move on to the other ones. Will that eventually become a catechism? Maybe.
[I like Keller's strategy here: make a list of narratives and contrast them with the biblical one. The interview as a whole is interesting... Not sure that the New City Catechism is strictly necessary.]
tim-keller  james-k-a-smith  secularization  narrative 
15 days ago by xianoforange
Amazon could never replace libraries. Here’s everything we offer that Amazon doesn’t. - Vox
I’m a librarian. The last thing we need is Silicon Valley “disruption.”
A Forbes column arguing that Amazon should replace libraries grossly underestimates how many services libraries offer.
Amanda OliverJul 26, 2018, 10:20am EDT
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In an opinion column published on Forbes on Saturday, a professor of economics argued that local public libraries should be replaced by Amazon. The essay, which sparked so much controversy that Forbes removed it from its website on Monday, argued, “At the core, Amazon has provided something better than a local library without the tax fees. The move would save taxpayers money and enhance the stockholder value of Amazon all in one fell swoop.”
As someone who has worked in libraries for seven years, the suggestion that Amazon could be a better provider than a library is unfathomable. Amazon charges people who want access to art and entertainment. By offering anybody free access to a massive collection of books, music, and movies, libraries fundamentally advance the idea that culture is a public good that everybody has a right to enjoy, regardless of their income. For anyone who believes in the power of art to change and enhance our lives, the idea that it should only be available to people who can pay for it is horrifying.
But libraries are not just a place to find books — they’re one of the few places that provide a number of free services to the American public. They offer a safe public space for people to gather, computer and internet access to those who don’t have it, story time for children, a safe space for teens, resources for the unemployed and homeless. Writer Panos Mourdoukoutas seemed to grossly underestimate just how much libraries and librarians provide to the public.
Some two-thirds of my patrons are homeless or struggling with addiction
I work as a librarian in downtown Washington, DC, in a branch that serves nearly 100,000 visitors each year. My location is a “single-service desk,” meaning we only have one circulation desk that serves all visitors. Some two-thirds of our regular patrons fall into one of three categories: homeless, struggling with addiction, or recovering from addiction.
Our library provides a space where they can use free computers and wifi, as well as access a climate-controlled environment with clean bathrooms and water. Many of our patrons arrive first thing in the morning from a homeless shelter and stay until a shuttle picks them up to take them back in the evening.
We know their names. We speak to the shelters or outreach programs when we haven’t seen them in a while. We ask other patrons about them to make sure they’re okay. We help them fill out free or low-income housing forms, which are often complicated and overwhelming. Sometimes this means showing them how to access and fill out an online PDF, sitting with them at a table for an hour to sort through the various documents they need, helping them use our free scanner to upload documents, and ensuring they’ve submitted everything correctly.
We keep a four-page packet at the desk to hand out to our patrons experiencing homelessness — it’s a list we’ve put together of local shelters, food sources, open bathrooms and showers, and free legal services.
We help them find secure employment by offering free résumé building and editing services and walking them through the job hunting and application process. We provide the computers and free printing they need to go on interviews.
There are new immigrants who ask about visas. We show them the correct websites to go to, we help them translate the pages, and we teach them how to scan and email the necessary documents. We also provide an invaluable translation service: Any library patron who speaks a language other than English can access a free live translator through a phone service to communicate with us.
There are mothers and fathers and grandparents and foster parents and nannies and children and schools who attend twice-weekly story times I lead. Many of them acknowledge this as some of the only time they spend out of the house socializing. It’s a rare place that creates a sense of community that bridges socioeconomic gaps.
Libraries are one of the few public goods we’ve got left
I’ve often heard the argument, “That’s not the library’s job. There are agencies for that.”
But where are people without access to computers or internet supposed to go to find the agencies that will help them job-search or secure low-income housing? Where can they go to sit down and figure out their next steps, with knowledgeable help close by?
We search for the correct offices. We print Google maps with walking or bus instructions. We give them a running start in helping improve their lives. In a world heavily skewed toward people who can pay for access to resources, we do what we can to provide equity.
Just this week, a woman stopped by our desk because she needed to be taught how to open a new tab in an internet browser. She returned a few minutes later and said, “Please write ‘stomach ache’ on this piece of paper for me. I don’t know to spell it.” The man waiting behind her had no idea how to open an internet browser to begin his first job search in years. I walked him through the process and helped him get to a job site. This was a few minutes of a 40-hour workweek.
I can’t imagine where this woman and this man would go without the library. Would Amazon really be willing to help them with all of their needs free of charge?
The last thing libraries need is Silicon Valley “disruption”
Amazon is a corporation. Profit is at the center of its ethos. Fundamentally, it is not here to provide a public good: It exists to make money. Even when presenting a charitable front, like Amazon’s Smile campaign, which donates only around 10 cents per $20 spent, it still benefits from the majority of its profits. At its core, Amazon is about providing services to people who can pay for them.
Libraries and librarians fill in the significant gaps created by what I would argue is our society’s pandemic of ignoring our impoverished, underserved, and most vulnerable populations. Our government continues to take away from our public services — national parks, arts programs, museums funding, aid for children with disabilities.
I refuse to accept that everything must be “disrupted” and turned into a moneymaking machine for tech elites. It’s absurd to suggest that Silicon Valley look to profit from one of the few institutions available across the entire country that doesn’t exist to make money for someone else.
Libraries are irreplaceable. Either discuss providing more funding for the invaluable work we do, or leave them alone.
Amanda Oliver is a writer and librarian. She is currently an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at UC Riverside. You can find more of her writing at or subscribe to her Tinyletter email newsletter, where she often writes about being a librarian.
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16 days ago by heapdump
conflict/change | sara hendren
“To see life as a battle is a narrow, social-Darwinist view, and a very masculine one. Conflict, of course, is part of life, I’m not saying you should try to keep it out of your stories, just that it’s not their only lifeblood. Stories are about a lot of different things.” — Ursula Franklin
feminism  ursulafranklin  narrative  masculinity 
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